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Magazine Subscription? - Opinions, Please!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hi all!

I'm trying out a reward system in 2010. I decided I'd get myself a health magazine subscription when I lose 5 pounds. Since I'm almost there (yay!!), I need to pick which magazine to subscribe to!

I'm thinking SELF, SHAPE, or FITNESS MAGAZINE. Anyone like/dislike any of these? Or have others to suggest? Can't decide which one to get!!

Thanks for any input, guys! emoticon

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ARUBINST 1/20/2010 10:14AM

    I just started subscribing to Running magazine. I've been enjoying it alot.

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BEARSSTEF 1/19/2010 10:33AM

    Actually, maybe I can't rule out Self.

Oh, I will never decide! LOL!

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BEARSSTEF 1/19/2010 10:29AM

    Wow, wow, thanks for all the input! Sounds any of the three would be great, from what you guys are saying :)

Thinking I'll pick between Shape and Fitness (...or get both, if they're cheap enough? emoticon)

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NIKKI_28 1/19/2010 10:06AM

    Shape is my fav.

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ANDILU 1/19/2010 1:08AM

    I'd vote for Womens' Health too!

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KAYBEE37 1/19/2010 12:34AM

    I have Fitness for many years, but I finally let the subscription run out. It was getting a little repetitive, plus, with all those great workout videos at Sparkpeople, I didn't need the paper versions with just text and pictures.

This wasn't on your original list, but I really want to get Prevention magazine. I think they have some really good health and fitness tips.

Anyway, its great that you're rewarding yourself for your hard work!

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EAT_MOVE_LIVE 1/19/2010 12:23AM

    I love Clean Eating is full of healthy recipes and healthy living tips!

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SALINA78 1/19/2010 12:18AM

    I LOVE Fitness!
When I have gotten any of the other ones I was discouraged by all the raunchy photos (Since I have many kids) and many ads promoting weight loss pills.

So, I subscribed to Fitness.
I LOVE it and always can't wait for the next one.
I also just subscribed to Runner's World since I've fallen in love with running. :)

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 1/18/2010 11:27PM

    I used to subscribe to several magazines at once, but I weeded them all out and now I only get SELF. I absolutely adore it, I call it my healthy-body bible. It has everything, including nutrition (recipes and ideas), fitness (new workouts every month) and beauty. Plus, they always have articles about wellness, health news, and awareness. I love it!

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GFMAMA888 1/18/2010 9:38PM

    I get fitness, SHAPE, and Self. I actually didn't renew my Self bc I don't like the content nearly as much as the other 2. I am thinking of adding Women's Health as a "reward" item myself.

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CHASINGTHENOW 1/18/2010 8:35PM

    I love SELF and SHAPE both, but if I had to pick one I would probably choose SELF.

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JEWLSM 1/18/2010 8:28PM

    I have been a SHAPE subscriber for a few years now and I love it. I was recently offered a really good deal on SELF, so I subscribed. I haven't received my first issue yet!
Good luck with your choice!

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    I love my FITNESS Magazine

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HHI0901 1/18/2010 8:20PM

    I LOVE fitness!! Lots of great recipes and fun facts and things like that. I can't compare to the other ones, though.

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NURSELAUREN 1/18/2010 8:08PM

    Women's Health :)

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KEEPGOING87 1/18/2010 7:59PM

and womens health
and shape! all of those are great

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TISMELEELEE 1/18/2010 7:40PM

  I subscribe to all of them, but I like Self the best. Also, check out
It's a magazine subscription website that has incredible prices!!

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DOLL2THEWALL 1/18/2010 7:26PM

    Before you decide, you might want to see this article about SELF Magazine:
They don't promote a healthy self-image, IMO. Congratulations on almost hitting a milestone though - that is awesome!


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EXCUSELESS 1/18/2010 7:21PM

    I like all them but I would say I like SELF the best.

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SYBILBAKER 1/18/2010 4:54PM

    they are all excellent and full of very helpful information, good luck AND HAPPY READING!

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DRJJ2004 1/18/2010 4:53PM

    I actually just picked up Self a few weeks ago. I love it!! I subscribed! My first health magazine. I loved all the exercise ideas that they give you! The motivating stories..I can't wait to get my first one in the mail. :O) Hope this helps.

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The Silver Lining

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I spent last week being bummed out and frustrated about not being able to run because of ankle pain. But now I'm saying "screw that!" (pardon my French).

I just bought '30 Day Shred' and another Jillian Michaels dvd. I'll focus on doing those and getting stronger, and will feel SO GOOD when I'm all healed up and ready to run again. Because, man, it's hard to stay away from running (since I love it so much), and it's hard to get back into a routine once I've taken a break - but I'm gonna do it! emoticon


The Running Isn't the Hardest Part...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

While running can be difficult if I'm not in the right mindset, or if I'm tired, or if the run is so long that I'm on the treadmill for the duration of 3 different Food Network Show - it's even harder to not run.

I did my long run of 8 miles on Saturday, and it felt GREAT, except for a little bit of ankle pain at the end. My leg felt a little tight that night, but nothing crazy. However, when I hopped onto the treadmill on Monday for my next schedule run, my ankle started hurting again within 2 miles. I walked a couple miles (which didn't hurt), but was totally frustrated. That's the first time I didn't stick to my schedule.

I like following a training schedule and knowing exactly how many miles I should do on a certain date, and seeing progress, challenging myself, and feeling the Runner's High. Now I'm letting my body rest, which I know is the smart thing, but it's filling me with fears - about gaining weight, about being injured for more than a few days, about not being able to do a half marathon because of this. I know that I'm totally overthinking/obsessing, and that runners get aches all the time, but I was attracted to running because it clears my mind and makes me feel strong - now that I'm taking a break, I'm getting bummed out! :-/


Zero Point Soup

Friday, December 18, 2009

As a former Weight Watcher, I always heard people sing the praises of 'Zero Point Soup'. I made it this week for the first time in a while and WOW was it a help! It's basically chicken (or vegetable) stock and all kinds of veggies, so it's low on calories and fat - but very yummy and filling. I had it as a snack to keep me from grazing and eating all the junk that people bring into the office.

Thought I'd share for any non-WWers. Got the recipe from here:
(note - I didn't follow the directions EXACTLY - didn't measure everything, just threw in veggies and extra spices until it tasted just right :D )


2/3 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup diced onions

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fat-free broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable)

1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage (a pre-diced bag meant for cole slaw works!)

1/2 cup green beans

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup diced zucchini


In a large saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrots, onions and garlic over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, green beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for around 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Lastly, stir in the zucchini and continue to heat soup for 3 - 4 minutes. Makes 4 servings. Enjoy!!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SALINA78 1/19/2010 12:22AM

Thank you!

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EXCUSELESS 1/18/2010 7:26PM

    Thanks so much for posting this. I had an old WW book with the recipe but I think I accidently threw it away. So I've been wanting this recipe again.

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MARLA_S 12/18/2009 3:00PM

    Sounds good!! I've heard it called an "all you can eat" soup. I'll be trying this in the next few weeks to see if it'll keep me warm up in chilly Michigan! :o)

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BARNFISH 12/18/2009 10:40AM

    I gotta try this. Thanks!

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AUSOMEVOICE 12/18/2009 10:38AM

    Thanks for the recipe. I will make some and snack on it as well.

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Support at Work

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A friend at work, who *luckily* sits right behind me, has started tracking her calories and working out more to lose weight. I can't believe what an enormous help it is to have her so near to me all day!

Today, our boss gave us Kit Kat bars - reluctantly, we lifted them off our desks and gave them away, then high-five'd to celebrate our self-control. We've also successfully held strong against Cookie Wednesday, and the appearances of chocolate bark and Dunkin Donut Munchkins.

It's nice to be able support each other, vent our frustrations, and share ideas and tips. It's definitely possible to go it alone, but MAN much easier to have others help along the way! So thankful to have a partner in this :)

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IDAATJE 12/17/2009 12:32PM

    having a 'partner in crime' sure help a lot! Awesome you two help and support each other!!

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MARLA_S 12/16/2009 2:55PM

    Great to hear!! I agree that it's important to have others who have the same goals and mentality as you do.

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BCWELCH1212 12/16/2009 1:17PM

    Two of my co-workers have gotten stability balls. We are all using them as chairs. You're right, there is power in numbers.

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